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’Bama, Florida St. take break, while Baylor bows up

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Chattanooga. Idaho. The Citadel. Coastal Carolina.
These are the opponents for some of the nation’s best teams in November. Really?
Unfortunately for college football fans, this type of scheduling is nothing new. It stands out more this season because No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida State are both taking a break to tune up as the national championship race reaches a fever pitch.
Southeastern Conference teams have been working in a late-season patsy with greater frequency since the 12-game regular season became standard almost 10 years ago. This season, Atlantic Coast Conference powers Florida State and Clemson, with ...

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